Vatican Early Entry Sistine Express Tour with Skip-the-Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica (8am)

From:  86,00

DURATION: 2 hours


FREQUENCY: Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays (till November only)


MEETING POINT: Via Santamaura 14/B (7.45am)


Explore the gems of the Vatican Museums on this early entry express tour. With your personal expert guide, you’re going to streamline your visit of the Vatican and breeze through the less prominent artworks and shine the spotlight on the masterpieces of the Vatican: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s the perfect tour for those that want to visit the protagonists of the show but not spend too much time at the Vatican.

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Vatican Early Entry Sistine Express Tour Highlights

  • 2-hour early entry tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with insider guide
  • Enter the Vatican Museums without the crowds before they open to the general public
  • Focused itinerary covering the most important masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica 
  • Go directly to the Sistine Chapel for a unique uncrowded experience and admire Michelangelo’s most famous frescoes
  • Learn insights from tours guide officially licensed by the Vatican
  • Small groups up to 10 people for a semi-private experience

Vatican Early Entry Sistine Express Tour Inclusions

  • Early entry tour of Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica without the crowds
  • Expert guide 
  • General overview outside the Vatican
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • The Pietà
  • The Baldachin
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • Breakfast in our office

Vatican Early Entry Sistine Express Tour Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Optional gratuities
  • Climb to St. Peter’s Dome

Visit the Vatican in 2 hours

Do you want to visit the Vatican museums but are short on time? Maybe you have kids who are not so enthusiastic about spending the day at a crowded museum? Whichever reason you may have, we are here to offer the perfect alternative: our early entry Sistine Chapel express tour with skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Breeze through the lines and get priority access over other ticket holders and admire the protagonists of the show in just 2 hours. But before we enter the Vatican, we’ll serve a complimentary Italian breakfast at our office where you will get to know the group (of 10 people or less) and meet your guide. Our office is located just a 2-minute walk from the Vatican Museums’ entrance.

The Sistine Chapel 

The protagonist of the express tour is the Sistine Chapel, which you will visit almost without the crowds. Admire the iconic frescoed walls with the perfect lighting, designed to highlight every detail. Listen to your expert guide as he/she tells you about Michelangelo’s trials and tribulations in creating one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements.

In addition to learning about the drama and rivalry that stemmed between the creators of the Vatican’s masterpieces, you’ll also get explanations on the artistic processes of the artworks themselves. Not to mention you’ll discover the hidden messages within the works.

St. Peter's Basilica

After visiting the Sistine Chapel, we’ll take you directly to St. Peter’s Basilica, where we’ll take advantage of an exclusive passage that will save us hours of times spent in lines! At this time of day, you won’t have to worry about not making the best of your experience because of the crowds. Listen to your expert guide tell you stories of pilgrims, popes and artistic geniuses. Learn about the highlights of the Baldachin - Bernini’s huge bronze.

Stop and admire the Pietà, Michelangelo’s sculpture - one of the finest masterpieces of the Renaissance - as you get lost in the details. On your way out, your expert guide will give you more highlights on St. Peter’s Square.


Ticket Reductions:

  • Adults pay full price: €86
  • Under 18 years of age: €81
  • Under 6 years of age: Free

General Information:

  • The tour starts at 8am
  • The meeting point is in Via Santamaura 14/B at 7.45am, footsteps from the Vatican Museums entrance.
  • Late arrivals will not be accommodated.
  • This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
  • Due to heightened security measures, lines may form for tours with skip-the-line entry. Visitor will still have priority access over general admission ticket holders. 
  • Due to restrictions, we are not able to accept visitors requiring wheelchairs 

Cancellation Policy & Refunds:

  • Missed tours or tickets due to late arrivals cannot be refunded. 
  • Changes to a reservation requested more than 72 hours before the tour are free of charge.
  • Changes to a reservation requested less than 72 hours before the tour are subject to a rebooking fee and availability
  • We enforce a 72-hour advance refund policy. Only cancellations requested more than 72 hours before tour departure time are eligible for a refund.
  • All cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee of 10% of the total charge.
  • No refunds are given after a tour has commenced.
  • No refunds are given in case of either delay or non-appearance on the part of the customer.
  • In case of the closure of sights, we will contact you as soon as possible to offer an alternative itinerary or reschedule your booking to a different tour option.
  • We do not guarantee refunds in cases of unforeseeable events, such as closures of sights due to demonstrations, strikes, bad weather conditions or renovations. In these situations, we reserve the right to examine the requests on a case-by-case basis. 
  • You may request to change the date of your tour up to 72 hours prior to tour commencement.This change will be accepted only upon availability.

2 reviews for Vatican Early Entry Sistine Express Tour with Skip-the-Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica (8am)

  1. 5 out of 5

    I did the Sistine Express and St.Peter’s Basilica Tour on January 2nd. I have chose this quick itinerary as I didn’ want to spend 3 hours inside the Vatican, it was a great choice indeed! In just 2 hours i saw the main sights without crowds!

  2. 5 out of 5

    In all of Rome, there cannot be a better tour guide than Marcello. He is so knowledgeable and personable, it’s just amazing. We had a great time with him and he provided an outstanding level of humor and professionalism. I cannot recommend him enough.

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